Familia Eats: Agua Fresca de Frutas

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Agua Frescas are a very popular beverage here in Mexico.  They are traditionally served with the midday meal, which is our biggest and most important meal of the day, but they can also be served with dinner.  They are much better for you than sodas or those powdered mix drinks, because they are made with all-natural ingredients.

The most popular and traditional Aguas Frescas are Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo.  Horchata is made with rice and flavored with cinnamon.  Agua de Jamaica is an iced tea made with Hibiscus flowers, and Agua de Tamarindo is made with cooked tamarind pods.

Aguas Frescas can also made with fresh fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, strawberries, guavas, bananas and papaya.   I’ve even made Agua Fresca with plums, nectarines, pitayas and kiwis!

 

Now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

You don’t need a recipe to make fruit-based Agua Fresca.  All you need is fresh fruit and a blender.  No measuring required.  And it’s easy as one, two, three.

So, if you’re thinking of hosting a fiesta for Mexican Independence Day (September 16th), why not serve a pitcher or two of Agua Fresca?

 

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Agua Fresca de Frutas

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 cups Fresh fruit, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Fill a blender cup with the chopped fruit of your choice.  Add enough water to the blender to cover the fruit.  Puree until smooth.  (About 1 minute.)
  2. Strain the puree mixture into a 4-quart pitcher.   Add enough water to fill the pitcher.  Sweeten the Agua Fresca with sugar.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with ice.  Enjoy!

 

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